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92 Clubs – Week 5 – 13 Clubs – 26 Trains, 6 Trams, 2 Metros

Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7

Day 29 Day 30 Day 31 Day 32 Day 33 Day 34 Day 35

I can start to see the end  now, as there are only fourteen clubs to go.

So where are the awards this week?

Hero of the Week

This has to be the Scottish Nurse, who sat beside me all the way from Newcastle to London on Day 34, as I coughed my way home. Not for one moment did she complain either about that or my incessant chatter, as I tried to keep quiet.

Most Surprising Stadium of the Week

It has to be Sunderland‘s Stadium of Light, as the weather was so bad and it was about five in the evening , you couldn’t see it in the dark. Seriously though, it hasn’t put me totally off the place. And I’d certainly go if Ipswich were drawn away in a cup.

Best Stadium of the Week

Some will say that because it has an athletic track, it shouldn’t be used for football. But then the Don Valley Stadium that Rotherham use,  is a well-designed stadium, with good transport links everywhere. Not having seen a match there, I can’t tell how it works, but it shows that it might be possible to design a smaller stadium for both football and athletics. After all, experience in the UK of dual-use stadia is generally memories of the old Wembley or Stamford Bridge, which featured a greyhound track.  Neither were an experience to be treasured.  Unless you were a real masochist!

Best Signposted Stadium of the Week

The only way is Essex on this one!

I arrived at Prittlewell station for Southend, in the rain, when it was dark, but still found getting to the stadium easy, as there were signposts all the way.  So I give it my award.

Worse-Signposted stadium of the Week

In the taxi from the station to the ground, I didn’t see a single sign post.

Dump of the Week

Before I started, I thought that several towns and cities I visited thisweek would be contenders. How about Rochdale, Rotherham, Scunthorpe, Stoke or Sunderland?

But in the end there was an easy winner; Stevenage. To say it was a town that was actually designed and didn’t grow organically, just shows how bad they did their job in the 1960s.  Especially, as they had the examples of some nice garden cities nearby from just a few years earlier. So what is wrong about the town?

  1. It is not an easy place to walk anywhere.  There are too many steps and lots of places where a pedestrian crossing might help.
  2. The buses seem numerous, but I didn’t see a map or information on a stop.
  3. The signage is not very good, even where it exists.
  4. I did find a map, but it was rather out of date.

I shan’t be returning.

But fro what I’ve said here, they’d probably ride me out of town on a rail, if I did return. Obviously, if I was in a train going to London, I wouldn’t care.

Gates of the Week

These just have to be those at Roots Hall, where Southend play. You can get a taste of them here.

Best Train of the Week

The Trans Pennine Express out of Scunthorpe.

Worst Train of the Week

The Pacer trains  to Sheffield and from Sheffield to Scunthorpe.

At least from Manchester to Sheffield,  I was on the Hope Valley line.

Hopefully over the next few days, I will not see any more Pacers on routes I need to take.

November 5, 2011 - Posted by | Sport, Transport | , ,

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